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April 5, 2018

Ontario requests qualifications for GO rail expansion project

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) the GO Rail expansion project in Canada.

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) the GO Rail expansion project in Canada.

The project, to be delivered as a DBFOM contract using Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement model, forms a part of Ontario’s GO Expansion (RER) programme.

GO RER aims to provide faster and more frequent service by electrifying key segments of the network.

“Today’s announcement is a major milestone in the delivery of all-day two-way electrified train service.”

Alongside providing new travel choices to commuters, the programme is expected to help reduce the congestion across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Currently, Ontario province is investing nearly $21.3bn to transform the GO rail network into a regional rapid transit system.

Ontario Minister of Transportation Kathryn McGarry said: “Work is well underway as we build a better, integrated and seamless transit network across the GTHA [Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area].

“Today’s announcement is a major milestone in the delivery of all-day two-way electrified train service, more station stops and more service to get commuters where they need to be sooner.”

The issuance of RFQ is the first step in the procurement process to select a suitable team to develop the expansion project.

The RFQ outlines the scope of the work, which involves the operation of train services, planning timetables across the GO-owned network and compliance with Metrolinx safety and security policies.

The selected team will also be responsible for the design, finance and maintenance of the railway infrastructure; maintenance, refurbishment and procurement of all rolling stock; and building and overhauling train storage facilities.

Following the submission of applications by interested parties, IO and Metrolinx will draw up a shortlist containing teams that have the relevant experience and financial resources to undertake the project.

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